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Thread: DPP has extra say in some people's cases because of who they are.- Indo

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    Default DPP has extra say in some people's cases because of who they are.- Indo

    This claim in the Irish Independent today cannot be true, can it?

    ... under a directive issued from the DPP's office some years ago, gardai are obliged to send a file outlining the facts in any case attracting public attention before a decision can be reached about prosecution.

    This applies only to cases where the subject of the file is a person in the public eye.
    How would a policy directive like that relate to the principle that all citizens are equal before the law?
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    I think a lot of people are labouring under the delusion that Ireland is actually a republic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by He3 View Post
    the principle that all citizens are equal before the law?
    You don't actually believe that principle actually applies in Ireland do you?

    It's an interesting little slip though, especially in the Indo. Maybe after all the rampant criminality of the last decade some people are starting to think that maybe the rule of law might not actually be such a bad thing after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by He3 View Post
    This claim in the Irish Independent today cannot be true, can it?
    How would a policy diective like that relate to the principle that all citizens are equal before the law?
    It is quite common in most jurisdictions. It doesn't mean they are getting favourable treatment on the contrary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clanrickard View Post
    It is quite common in most jurisdictions.
    Where?
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    Hang on take a step back: If this is the case for people "In the public eye" only, then that means that the DPP DON'T review a file on the facts of a case prior to decision to prosecute. Which would be far more worrying.

    Given that the Indo don't actually quote the requirement, who issued to instruction within the DPP and when, I'm inclined to believe it's bolloxology.
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    It looks odd, but I can see a glimmer of logic in it.

    In the case of a public figure where some of the facts have emerged the court of public opinion often swings into action (vide the Daly case itself). In this case, the local Gardai may be put under undue pressure and indeed face public opprobrium if the people at large (without necessarily having all of the facts) decide that the decision to prosecute or otherwise constitutes harrassment or cover-up.

    It's not the job of the local Gardai to be in the public eye or to deal with decisions which are under active public discussion.

    Sending the file to the DPPmerely means that it is a different person making the decision and taking the heat for it. It doesn't mean that Due Process is being undermined; just that the key decision is being made by different personnel.

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    DPP said willie odea should not go to court for signing a false affidavid in the high court .... enough said?
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